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At Catalyst Integration for Health, we specialize in the latest treatment for depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) using ketamine. 

 

Why ketamine? It lets your brain heal. It increases neuroplasticity. It helps your brain grow new synapses. It works fast. It doesn’t have the side effects of traditional mental health medications. 

 

Cleveland Clinic has called ketamine a "top ten medical innovation for treatment-resistant depression," and Johns Hopkins has called ketamine "groundbreaking therapy" and the first (truly) new treatment for depression we have had in 60 years. 

 

Ketamine is currently being used at top medical centers, from Stanford and UCSF on the West Coast to Harvard and Columbia on the East Coast. 

 

Ketamine is ideal for people who have not gotten full symptom relief from traditional medications, or who do not like the side effects they cause. 

 

Skip the noisy clinics. Catalyst offers ketamine in a quiet and private medical practice in East Sacramento. Don’t want to be one of six patients in a treatment room? All of our treatment rooms are private. And most importantly, go for the most effective form of ketamine. The bioavailability of oral ketamine is 16-20%; our IM ketamine has a bioavailability of 93-100%.

 

Questions and Answers:

Q: What is ketamine?

A: Ketamine was originally developed as an anesthetic. When research showed it to be extremely effective in treating depression, anxiety, PTSD, and OCD, it was developed for use as a mental health medication.

Q: Is ketamine similar to traditional mental health medications?

A: Ketamine works in a completely different way, so it is ideal for people who failed to get full symptom relief from other medications (or who had significant side effects from them). Cleveland Clinic calls ketamine a “top ten medical innovation" for treatment-resistant depression and Johns Hopkins says it is the first (truly) new medication we have had in 60 years. Unlike other medications, it works quickly—many people feel significantly better after one treatment.

Q: How does ketamine work?

A: In plain English, ketamine helps balance naturally-occurring components in your brain, thus easing depression, anxiety, OCD, and PTSD. Technically speaking, what ketamine does is block glutamate at the NMDA receptor, thus increasing your levels of BDNF and GDNF, resulting in better brain health.

 
Q: Is ketamine safe?

A: The use of ketamine as an anesthetic has provided over 50 years of data showing it is safe. 


Q: What is esketamine and do you offer it as well?

A: Esketamine (brand name Spravato) is a specific form of ketamine (administered as a nasal spray), and we offer it as well. We will talk with you about the difference between ketamine and esketamine and determine which one is right for you. 


Q: Is ketamine (or esketamine) a pill?  Do I take it at home?

A: No. Ketamine can be administered via an IV infusion or intramuscular injection. Esketamine is administered as a nose spray. Only a licensed medical practitioner (e.g., a physician, nurse practitioner, etc.) can evaluate your symptoms and prescribe ketamine, and all treatments are completed in our REMS-certified office. We have comfortable recliners in private rooms for you to relax in during your treatment. You will be the only patient in the room and you are welcome to have a friend or family member stay in the room with you.


Q: Does ketamine (or esketamine) take long to work? 

A: Both are fast and highly effective! People often report feeling significantly better after just one treatment. 


Q: Do I need to come in daily for treatment? How long is the course of treatment?

A: People come in two or three times a week. Many people feel completely better after six treatments; your course of treatment will depend upon how quickly your symptoms respond.


Q: What are the side effects and how long do they last?

A: The ketamine takes effect a few minutes after you take it in the office. People tend to describe the feeling as “weird, but not in a bad way." That feeling lasts for 45 minutes or so and you can choose to nap, listen to music, or just relax during the experience. Brief nausea is possible if you have eaten recently. Your blood pressure may temporarily go up (similar to how it does during exercise). You will be medically monitored in one of our comfortable and private single rooms. Most people report no side effects once the treatment is over. 


Q: Do you bill insurance? 

A: We are happy to do the prior authorization paperwork for the medication and give you a superbill you can submit to your insurance company to get coverage for the treatments (we do not bill insurance directly). 


Q: What if I am taking other mental health medication(s)? 

A: Most medications are fine in conjunction with ketamine and esketamine. Our licensed medical providers will talk with you about exceptions and determine a medically-appropriate course of treatment.

Q: Do you offer ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP)?

A: We do offer this as an option for those who request it. If you have an established therapist already, our specially-trained KAP therapist will work collaboratively with them to help you integrate the ketamine experience.


Q: Who is a candidate for ketamine or esketamine treatment? 

A: Adults (ages 18+) with PTSD, OCD, anxiety, or depression. Our licensed medical providers will do an evaluation to make sure our treatment options are right for you.

 

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5030 J Street, Suite 200

Sacramento, CA 95819

916.850.2299

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5030 J St, #200, Sacramento, CA 95819